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Is nepotism always bad?

Published:Saturday | July 11, 2020 | 12:09 AM


I would like to make a point about the issue of nepotism. The question I would like to ask is, if I wish to employ someone to do a job, there are naturally criteria which I would devise in order to choose the right person. These include his/her qualification, ability, availability and dependability.

Several people may qualify under those headings. Therefore, it would be necessary for me to further extend my reason for choice.

First among these would be –How well do I know this person? Is this person trustworthy? The answer to these questions may very well include friends and/or relatives.

Politicians and other people in power are faced with similar problems regularly, and hence expected to make decisions based on personal judgement.

If a job can be done properly, on time and within budget, does it really matter who does it? Or should a competent person be excluded because he/she is a friend or relative?